Exterior of the Red Dot Design Museum Singapore

Red Dot Design Museum’s diagonal struts and glass facade overlook iconic Marina Bay.

While its name may lead you to believe that this institution is local in origin (Singapore is, after all, nicknamed the ‘Little Red Dot’), the Red Dot Museum springs from the Red Dot Design Award, which was first held in Germany.

Since 1955, the first Red Dot Design Museum has been an international showcase of stellar works of products and industrial design, with award winners being showcased on its premises in Essen. The second Red Dot Design Museum was built in Singapore in 2005, and is the first and only of its kind in Asia.

A home for iconic designs
Exhibition hall of the Red Dot Design Museum

“A Preview of the Future - Red Dot Award: Design Concept” comprises of the hundreds of cutting-edge designs.

Located in the scenic Marina Bay District, the Red Dot Museum’s full glass façade and striking geometrical forms makes it one of several notable works of architecture to be found in the neighbourhood.

Together with its sister museum in Essen, Singapore’s Red Dot Design Museum forms the world’s largest display of contemporary design, with all 2,000 exhibits having won the coveted Red Dot Design Award.

Recipients of the award are picked based on criteria such as aesthetics, innovation, functionality and the concept’s capacity to evoke enjoyment.

The collection of wonders housed at Singapore’s Red Dot Design Museum includes concepts from all over the globe, from Belgium to Japan. Local Red Dot recipients include Jonathan Saphiro Salim—whose Waist Bowl design is less prone to spillage and insulates heat—and Nur Faranismah binte Rusmi, whose board game raises awareness on black market organ trading.

To get an overview of the space’s curatorial perspective on design, visit “A Preview of the Future”—Red Dot Award: Design Concept. This showcase of more than 345 award-winning designs offers visitors a glimpse of the future, with objects on display including a wallet that sorts your notes and coins and a wheelchair that plays music.

A vibrant space for design lovers

Besides being a repository of world-class design, Red Dot Design Museum is the perfect destination for design lovers looking to take home a memento. Its museum shop is a trove of locally-designed wares, from the Blackout Watch—an elegant, minimalistic timepiece—to the LUMIO lamp, which bears resemblance to a hard-cover book.

Two friends chilling with drinks at the Red Dot Museum Café Bar outdoors

To see how these beautiful forms function in a real world context, grab a coffee at the museum’s Café Bar, which is itself decorated with Red Dot-awarded furniture and design paraphernalia. Run by the museum, the café serves up local coffee, craft beer and dishes centred on curated cuts of European smoked meats.

With a variety of cold beers and smoked meats, the Red Dot Museum’s Café Bar is a great place to grab a drink after you’re done viewing the establishment’s exhibits.